Vatican segue Benedict XVI sex abuse scandals into the Devil, celibacy and role of women. Who’s biting the Vatican bait of deception?
The Vatican is a real master of words. They can make sin appear so sweet and holy just because they were committed by Holy Fathers priests. And of course, they can always call on their reliable old friend and partner in crime the Devil to be the scapegoat for all the Vatican sex scandals see Who’s responsible & to blame: The Devil or Benedict XVI-Cardinal Ratzinger? Satan as scapegoat for Vatican's chaotic sex scandals http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/03/whos-responsible-to-blame-devil-or.html
The Vatican is laying out the bait of deception with catchy words of “celibacy” and “role of women. They are laying out a trap to try to get ‘women on their side’ by seducing them with the words” role of women”. Let’s see if women will take the bait and start a debate on this matter and thus take the focus out of the crimes of Benedict XVI.
What else will the Pope do for women beside try to tickle their brain with the idea that they could be eligible for the priesthood?
Would women be that stupid as to self-serve their own fame and fortune within the Catholic Church? Or would they side with the Blessed Mary, Mother of God, who is weeping like Rachel for the tens of thousands of children abused by the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army . see John Paul II betrayed 'Totus Tuus Marie' http://stella0maris.blogspot.com/2007/06/john-paul-ii-betrayed-totus-tuus-marie.html
Let’s see what the Eucharist is really like that unreachable Catholic goal of women. See the images of a nine-month pregnancy of Mary versus the instant reincarnation of Christ’s flesh in the Eucharist -- Magisterium Benedict VERSUS Holy Mary: Priests' transubstantiation instant reincarnation of Christ VERSUS Mary’s 9 months pregnancy& child birth http://stella0maris.blogspot.com/
And the word “celibacy” is the biggest joke of them all. The Vatican is as smart as the Devil, cunning in words and deceptive in his promises. Celibacy gives priests all the freedom to commit pedophilia and sodomy without the laity and women checking on them.
Furore over celibacy claims
Vatican City - The Vatican has denied that its celibacy requirement for priests was the root cause of the clerical sex abuse scandal convulsing the church in Europe and again defended the pope's handling of the crisis.
Suggestions that the celibacy rule was in part responsible for the "deviant behaviour" of sexually abusive priests have swirled in recent days, with opinion pieces in German newspapers blaming it for fuelling abuse and even Italian commentators questioning the rule.
Much of the furore was spurred by comments from one of the pope's closest advisers, Vienna Archbishop Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, who called this week for an honest examination of issues like celibacy and priestly education to root out the origins of sex abuse.
Vatican denies celibacy rule led to sex scandal
The Associated Press
By Nicole Winfield (AP)
March 13, 2010
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Sunday denied that its celibacy requirement for priests was the root cause of the clerical sex abuse scandal convulsing the church in Europe and again defended the pope's handling of the crisis.
Suggestions that the celibacy rule was somehow responsible for the "deviant behavior" of sexually abusive priests have swirled in recent days, with opinion pieces in German newspapers blaming it for fueling abuse and even Italian commentators questioning the rule.
Much of the furor was spurred by comments from one of the pope's closest advisers, Vienna archbishop Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, who called this week for an honest examination of issues like celibacy and priestly education to root out the origins of sex abuse.
Priests Suggest Celibacy May Be a Problem
The New York Times
By Robert Mackey
March 13, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI met with Germany’s highest-ranking Roman Catholic leader Friday at the Vatican to discuss allegations that priests in the pope’s native country sexually abused children for decade, as my colleagues Rachel Donadio and Jack Healy report.
On Thursday two church leaders in Austria, where there have also been reports of abuse, suggested that the role of priestly celibacy may need to be discussed as Catholics seek to understand and end the abuse.
The Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn, wrote in an article for a Catholic magazine that it was time for the Church to undertake an “unflinching examination” of what might be at the root of the problem of celibate clerics sexually abusing children.
Let's talk about sex: archbishop
The Age (Australia)
March 13, 2010
The Vatican faces growing calls to tackle the previously taboo subject of clerical celibacy as a way of preventing future sex abuse scandals involving priests.
The head of the Catholic Church in Austria said the possible reasons behind sex abuse crises in Austria, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands in recent weeks should be subjected to ''unflinching examination''.
A number of theologians and lay organisations have called for celibacy to be abolished on the grounds that it allows no outlet for priests' sexual urges, but it is rare for a senior figure within the church to call for a debate.
Archbishop calls for rethink on priest celibacy
Free Malaysia Today
Fri, 12 Mar 2010 21:13 .VIENNA: The Roman Catholic Church must ask itself whether celibacy is still an appropriate way of life for priests, the Archbishop of Salzburg Alois Kothgasser said in a television interview.
"In the Church's current situation, the question must be asked whether celibacy is an appropriate way of life for priests and an appropriate way of life for believers," Kothgasser told ORF public television in an interview broadcast yesterday.
"Times have changed and society has changed. The Church must therefore ask itself in what way it can continue to cultivate this particular way of life, or what it must change," he added.
Pope Denies Vatican Seeks to End Priestly Celibacy in 50 Years
March 12, 2010, 7:22 AM EST
By Flavia Krause-Jackson
March 12 (Bloomberg) -- The Vatican denied it’s secretly planning to scrap the rule of priestly celibacy in 50 years.
Celibacy remains a “sacred” value for Catholic priests, Pope Benedict XVI said today during his Wednesday morning general audience. A Vatican spokesman confirmed his comments.
The Catholic Church is studying ways to loosen the centuries-old requirement that priests abstain from sex in an effort to rebuild its image in the wake of pedophile scandals, Rome-based la Repubblica reported today. Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, who once said “celibacy is not a dogma,” is in charge of the project as head the congregation of the clergy, according to the report.
Greater female presence may have stopped child abuse
The Irish Times
This is an edited version of the front page article, published yesterday by L’Osservatore Romano , the semi-official Vatican newspaper. It was signed by Lucetta Scaraffia
THOSE CHANGES in western societies which have opened up for women spaces that were formerly reserved for men – and these are changes which are influencing other cultures in the world – have brought about a revolution in the definition of sexual roles, prompting the question of how to increase the role of women for the Catholic Church too.
This is about an equality problem that has been very clear in the Christian tradition right from the beginning, leading to an authentic revolution with regard to concepts of sexual difference . . . Whereas in past centuries the church proved itself more open to women than lay society, today the situation is totally reversed. Today there are strong and urgent external and internal pressures calling for the question to be confronted in the world of Catholics.
Schonborn says study celibacy, abuse links
Published Date: March 12, 2010
Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn has said that priestly celibacy should be considered in studying the causes of the sex abuse scandal sweeping the Church although he later insisted that he was not questioning the tradition of clerical celibacy.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, wrote in his archdiocese’s magazine this week that the Church must make an “unflinching examination” of the causes of the scandal, the Times Online reports.
He said that these included “the issue of priests’ training, as well as the question of what happened in the so-called sexual revolution of the generation of 1968″.
Did celibacy, lack of women in authority lead to Catholic Church sex scandal
The Kansas City Star
By Matthew Schofield, Kansas City Star editorial board columnist
Did the Roman Catholic priestly celibacy rule fuel the child sexual abuse cases now haunting the church?
Would more women in higher authority have mitigated such abuse, or at least have broken the silence that seemed to protect the abusers?
These are the thoughts making the church rounds, at least in Europe, this week.
European prelates speak on abuse, priestly celibacy: a connection?
March 11, 2010
Vienna's Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said that the broadening sex-abuse scandal indicates a need to re-think the training that priests receive. The Austrian prelate called for a thorough and "unflinching" discussion of the possible causes for sexual abuse by Catholic priests. No topics should be taboo during that discussion, the cardinal said; he called for a frank evaluation of how priests have handled the consequences of the sexual revolution that began in the 1960s, and analysis of how priests are trained for a life of celibacy.
Several English newspapers reported that Cardinal Schönborn had said that priestly celibacy is the root cause of the sex-abuse problem. He did not. Nor did he call for an end to clerical celibacy. As spokesman for the Vienna archdiocese, responding to these interpretations of the cardinal's statement, issued a clarification that Cardinal Schönbron "did not call into question celibacy in any way." His focus was on how young men are prepared to live with that discipline.
Vatican reacts to pedophilia, celibacy remarks
Press TV (Iran)
As allegations of sexual abuse of child pupils by Catholic clerics pile up in Europe, the Vatican has moved to defend the practice of priestly celibacy.
"Priestly celibacy is a gift of the Holy Spirit which must be understood and experienced with a fullness of feeling and joy, in a total relationship with the Lord," Cardinal Claudio Hummes was quoted as saying by Italy's ANSA news agency.
Hummes, the head of the Congregation for the Clergy, added that "this unique and privileged relationship with God" was an essential requisite for becoming "an authentic witness of a singular spiritual paternity."
Catholic bishops maintain celibacy not linked to pedophilia
Catholic News Agency
Vienna, Austria, Mar 11, 2010 / 08:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After media outlets misinterpreted an article by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn to say that he is questioning the Church's rule of priestly celibacy, several high ranking churchmen have spoken out in praise of celibacy as a gift. They also dismissed the idea that celibacy is connected to pedophilia.
Greeting participants and introducing the sessions for the international theological conference taking place at the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome on Thursday, Cardinal Claudio Hummes called the celibacy of priests "a gift of the Holy Spirit." Other cardinals have also weighed in on the role of celibacy in recent days.
"Priestly celibacy is a gift of the Holy Spirit that asks to be understood and lived with fullness of meaning and joy, in total rapport with the Lord," said Cardinal Hummes, the prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, according to ASCA news of Italy.
A Mafia-like “omertà” on sexual abuse in the Catholic hierarchy?
Tom Heneghan | March 11th, 2010
The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has published an interesting article saying the Catholic Church might have avoided some of the clerical sex abuse scandals it now has if more women were in decision-making positions. The Italian historian Lucetta Scaraffia says that women “would have been able to rip the veil of masculine secrecy that in the past often covered with silence the denunciation of these misdeeds.” The word she used for “secrecy” is omertà, the Italian term for “code of silence” well known to anyone who’s seen the Godfather movies or read about how the Mafia works.
Scaraffia writes that Pope John Paul said women should be given posts of equal importance as men and that Pope Benedict has written to bishops promoting collaboration between men and women in the Church. She then writes, in a rather academic style:
“The problem is that this important theoretical development has not been followed with equal clarity by a transformation in women’s participation in the life of the Church. Their participation, although significantly enlarged, has remained mostly outside the decision-making spheres and areas of cultural processing. One can understand, then, that the pressure of the excluded – who are often shut out for no justified reason — can be felt, even if quietly. It is not just a matter of social justice or equal opportunities. The Church risks failing to develop energies and contributions that are often of primary importance.
Love, honesty essential for facing sex abuse crisis, archbishop says
The Georgia Bulletin (United States)
ROME (CNS) -- Love, honesty and devotion to Christ are essential for facing the crisis in the church and in the priesthood caused by cases of clerical sexual abuse, an Australian archbishop said. Since the 1990s, when the scandal first broke, "everyone has learned that several points are crucial: care for the victims, following the law, dealing effectively and decisively with perpetrators, making sure we have proper procedures in place to safeguard children and backing up what we believe with our actions," said Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide.